Jay Ruest, Senior Instructor/Owner
I began ballroom dancing when I was 15 years old. My friends father owned and operated a dance Studio and allowed his children and their friends to learn and attend dance competitions. We all had a lot of fun, so when I was approached a couple of years later with an offer to learn how to become a teacher I gladly accepted. I began teaching full time in 2000 and it has remained my career ever since. In that time I have attended dozens of professional dance competitions winning several top awards in both the professional and pro-am divisions.
In 2005 I started my own dance studio in Rochester, NY. I am very glad to be able to say that in that time the student body has grown to levels that have exceeded my own expectations. I believe that the success of any dance studio lies in it’s ability to offer something that is unique. We all teach the same dances but it is how we get you there that will be different. Where I feel I stand out from other studios is in my endeavor to make great SOCIAL dancers out of everyone I teach. A social dancer is someone that can lead and follow. Someone that stands out on the dancefloor but does not look as if they should be wearing a feathered ballroom gown or have a competition number on there back. You can learn all of the correct techniques that the pros use without looking out of place at any wedding, dinnerdance, nightclub, or cruise. It has been my expierience that most of the people who walk into a dance studio for the first time are doing so because they just want to learn how to look comfortable on the dancefloor at an upcoming event. Only on rare occasions has someone come in to learn how to be competitive ballroom dancers. And yet nearly every studio seems to center around dance competitions and professional routines. I think that you will see that my goals and methods for teaching students is different.